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BMX Flatland World Circuit 2015 final in Japan

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Last week I was in Kobe, Japan for the 3th time for Flat Ark the final stop of the BMX Flatland World Circuit. With riders from more then 20 different countries and $40.000,- for first place Flat Ark was the biggest contest of the year.

The contest was a set up as a battle royal with eventually one winner. On Saturday the qualifications went down with almost 80 pro riders. Every contester got 2.30 min to show their best riding and get one of the spots for the final on Sunday. I managed to make the cut by qualifying in 10th place.

Sunday was the day where the whole BMX community had been looking forward to. With only 12 riders left in a head to head battle tournament one rider would eventually go home with 40k. Everything was streamed live on the internet and the event almost felt like a TV show. All the riders brought their A game and I definitely felt confident on my bike. I was scheduled against BMX legend Martti Kuoppa (3x X Games Champion), who made his come back after a break of 6 years. I managed to pull the tricks I prepared for the contest, some of which I didn’t do in a big contest before. Martti brought his tricks he has been known for and managed to do a trick that had never been done in contest before. The judges definitely where impressed and voted in Martti favor. After that a lot of intense battles went down but in the end it was Martti who was able to keep the judges in his favor and went home with $40.000,-.

All round the event was an amazing experience. It was the biggest contest of my riding career and I’m super happy to show my best riding under such high pressure. This was my last contest of the year and I’m going to train hard this winter to prepare for next contest season.

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5th place Second Entery BMX Flatland World Circuit in Canada

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Last week I was in Canada for my second entry of the BMX Flatland World Circuit. Real City Spin was the host for the 4th stop of the World Circuit, organized by local pro ride Jean-William “Dub” Prevost. He put together an amazing well organized event in the beautiful city of Montreal.

After qualifying in 3rd I ended up in 5th place after loosing my battle against Viki Gomez. Viki eventual won the contest which put him on his third victory of a World Circuit stop and was crowned 2015 World Champion. With my current point I’m still able to make top 5 in the year ranking. My next entry will be at Flat Ark this October in Kobe, Japan.

Finals Result:

1. Viki Gomez (ESP)
2. Yohei Uchino (JPN)
3. Matthias Dandois (FR)
4. Moto Sasaki (JPN)
5. Dez Maarsen (NL)
6. Takahiro Ikeda (JPN)
7. Pakphum Poosa-art (THAI)
8. Takuya Higa (JPN)
9. Jason Plourde (CAN)
10. Tsutomo Kitayama (JPN)
11. Percy Marshall (CAN)
12. Alberto Moya (ESP)

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3th place first entry BMX Flatland World Circuit in USA

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Last weekend I travelled to USA for my first entry of this years . BMX Flatland World Circuit
The Flatland Voodoo Jam was the host of the 3th stop of the BFWC an amazing event hosted in on of New Orleans, Louisiana. This contest has been the biggest Flatland event for the past 11 years in the United States. I was super stoked to finally make it to this infamous event that has been known for its electric vibe.

The contest was being held in one of New Orleans biggest night club, The Generation Hall, right in the city center. It was an intense day since both the qualification and final where held on the same day. In the evening doors opened for the spectators to witness the Pro finals. 12 riders made it to the finals and I qualified in 6th place. The whole venue was packed with spectators. The night club made an amazing venue for the contest since in this setting the spectators where super close to the action.

My run went super great and pushed me trough to the three man battle. Together with Matthias Dandois (2012 World Champion) and Yohei Uchino (3x World Circuit Champion) we had to determine who was going to take home the win. I gave it all I got and threw in new tricks I haven’t done in contest before. In the end it was Matthias Dandois from France who took home the win.

This event was definitely one of the best events I’ve been to and I make sure I’ll back next year! At the end of August I’ll be traveling to Montreal, Canada for the next stop of the BFWC: Real City Spin.

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Finals Result:

1. Matthias Dandois (FR)
2. Yohei Uchino (JPN)
3. Dez Maarsen (NL)
4. Takahiro Ikeda (JPN)
5. Viki Gomez (ESP)
6. Pakphum Poosa-art (THAI)
7. Nauto Tamaru (JPN)
8. Jason Plourde (CAN)
9. Williams Perez (PER)
10. Will Redd (USA)
11. Hiroki Uchiyama (JPN)
12. Tyler Gilliard (USA)

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ABC of Flatland 2015 Gallery

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1st place at ABC of Flatland 2015

Finalists - ABC of Flatland 2015 by Follow Flo PicturesThis weekend I returned to Alençon, France for the ABC of Flatland contest. This was the first major contest of the year. Riders from all over Europe gathered to compete after the winter break. After qualifying in first place on Saturday, I held on to my spot on Sunday and returned home as the champion of the 3rd annual ABC of Flatland contest. An amazing start for me of this years contest season. I also managed to show of new tricks and my improved riding, after a harsh winter of training. Overall it was a great weekend hanging out and jamming with all the riders! A big shout out to the organizers who again hosted a great contest! Click here to see my winning run.

Pro result:
1st Dez Maarsen
2nd Joris Bretagnolles
3rd Sietse van Berkel
4th Thomas Noyer
5th Stephan Fabien
6th Kris Gautier
7th Sebastian Grubinger
8th Maxandre Van De Pilone
9th Fred Page
10th Kevin Meyer
11th Seon Hoon Lie
12th William Herve
13th Mike Plas

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2nd Place at Battle in the Rockies

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Last week I was in Colorado Spring in the United States for Battle in the Rockies. I was really looking forward to this event after receiving my invitation that I got trough the video contest.

There was an amazing vibe at this contest! The days before the contest there where jams and best combo challenges at the main venue. The first day when I arrived I won the first “best combo challenge” after arriving from the airport!

Saturday the qualification was at the main venue. My qualification runs went great and I qualified in 1st place, which gave me a good advantage for the battles! The finals where held in a local club called The Mansion. We had a short practice and then it was time for the battles! A lot of great battle went down! I managed to battle my way to the final against Jean-William “Dub” Prevost. I was riding good and Dub was taking a lot of risks. Dub ended up taking the win with 2 of the 3 judges voting in his favor.

I’m really stoked with my 2nd place and my riding during this contest! A great way to finish this year! The whole vibe at this event was amazing! A big shout out to James McGraw who put this whole event together! I can’t wait to come back again next year!

Top 12 result:
1. Jean-William Prevost (CAN)
2. Dez Maarsen (NL)
3. Dominik Nekolny (CZ)
4. Benjamin Hudson (CL)
5. James McGraw (USA)
6. Alex Jumelin (FR)
7. Tyler Gilliard (USA)
8. Jason Plourde (CAN)
9. Thomas Noyer (FR)
10. Dane Beardsley (USA)
11. Pete Brandt (USA)
12. Joe Cicman (USA)

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BMX Cologne

Last weekend it was time for the annual BMX event in Cologne, Germany. This year no official BMX World Championship, but the organization was celebrating 30 years of BMX Freestyle in the Jugendpark in Cologne. For me this was my 11th time. This year the venue for flatland was amazing. The flatland area was a bumpercar track and the floor was super solid all weekend.

In total 54 riders entered in Pro class with a wide range of nationalities! I struggled a little bit with my qualification run but still made it to the finals. My final run went pretty well, I pulled a lot of new combos and tried some of my original hard tricks. After the runs there was a bonus round to try new tricks and get extra points. Unfortunately i didn’t pull any new trick and ended up taking 8th place. The guys at Global-Flat.com uploaded a part of my run. Enjoy!

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3th Place at FISE

I just scored 3th place at the FISE! I’m so happy with this results! The finals where really crazy. It was battle format like Circle of Balance. The circumstances where really hard, slippery floor, hot weather and no space for a warming up! I managed to pull some freestyle combo’s and a new combo I’ve never done in contest before! Thanks everyone who supported me this weekend! Congrats to all the other riders!

Result:

1. Alex Jumelin (FR)
2. Takahiro Ikeda (JPN)
3. Dez Maarsen (NL)
4. Yohei Uchino (JPN)
5. Viki Gomez (ES)
6. Alberto Moya (ES)
7. Gonzallo Bellanti (AT)
8. Moto Sasaki (JPN)
9. Kevin Jacob (FR)
10. Jean-William Prevost (CAN)
11. Sergio Ricardo (BR)
12. Yu Yamamoto

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FISE in Montpellier

I’m in Montpellier this weekend for the FISE World Series. The FISE (Festival International Sport Extreme) is maybe the biggest Action Sport event in the world! It features all the Action Sports and has the biggest crowed I have ever seen at an event like this! It’s also the first round of the BMX Flatland World Circuit. It’s so good to be back here after last year! It’s gonna be an amazing weekend! There will be a live stream available at FISE.fr. Flatland qualifiers will be Friday on 7 pm (local time) and finals will be Sunday at 1 pm.

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I won Astrolabe 4 in France

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Last weekend I went to France for the Astrolabe contest. The contest took place in a little town in Normandy. The set up was great! Good floor, music, food and great audience. The whole town came to watch the contest. I’m super happy with my victory! I pulled some new tricks during my runs and took some risks. Thanks to everyone who made this event happen! I had a great weekend and made new friends. That’s what BMX is all about!

Result:
1. Dez Maarsen (NL)
2. Keelan Philips (UK)
3. Fabien Stephan (FR)

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